King CannedMay 29, 2008
End for the 240 Year Nepalese Shah Monarchy…
Nepal’s elected leadership voted Wednesday to end the Monarchy in favour of a Republic. After approving the move by an overwhelming vote (560 to 4), the body said it would send a letter to 60-year-old King Gyanendra and his family, informing them that they have 15 days to vacate Narayanhiti Palace in Kathmandu.
HRH King Gyanendra Bir Bikram Shah Dev
Rare photo of King Gyanendra and Queen Komal Rajya Laxmi Devi Shah driving about Kathmandu
This picture was taken during a WWF ceremony in Bhaktapur, Nepal on Nov 15, 2000. Half a year later, on June 1, 2001, Crown Prince Dipendra (right, camel coat and hat) killed his parents King Birendra and Queen Aishwarya (middle, he – blue suit, she seated his left) plus seven other members of the family before killing himself during the cocktail hour at the palace. Prince Philip of England is seated to the King’s right, and missing from the empty blue chair is Queen Elizabeth.
This picture also taken during the WWF ceremony in Bhaktapur, Nepal on Nov 15, 2000. Crown Prince Dipendra (second from left, camel coat) killed his parents King Birendra (right) and Queen Aishwarya (left) plus several other members of the family including himself. The man in the foreground is Uncle Gyanendra, who succeeded his brother Birendra as King. Dipendra was actually King for a short while having survived the shooting, but comatose in the hospital for three days prior to his death. Gyanendra was out of town at the time of the tragedy, however, his wife and one son were present and wounded.